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Old 05-27-2010, 05:51 PM
 
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Default Leland Cypress turning brown :(

Hi All-

We just had 10 Leland Cypress trees planted about 2 months ago. One of these is turning brown throughout the inside of the tree. Too much water, too little water? Any suggestions?
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:45 PM
 
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Look for bagworms.
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:48 PM
 
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Leylands are VERY tempermental when it comes to water. My best success with Leylands was planting them with the root ball only about 2/3 of the way below ground level.

Spring is a tough time to plant them too-you may have gotten some not-so-good advice in that regard.

Keep them moist and hope for the best-I hope they do OK. I personally won't plant Leylands again-I realize that won't fix your problem, but maybe others will think twice.

Good luck!
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:01 PM
 
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I did- over 20 of them for a fenceline.....about 2 months ago.

And they are turning orange/brown from the trunk outwards to the needles.
I took a piece to my local farm and garden store (not the big box stores) and they said it was NOT a fungus or insects...that it was overwatered or underwatered.

I admit to watering them every 3 days...but I thought you had to when you first plant something. Then over the past 2 weeks we've had day after day of rain (am on the east coast).

So if you find a fix or why it happened- please come back to this thread and let us know. I'll follow your lead.
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Old 05-28-2010, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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The brown on newly planted trees/shrubs is usually a water issue, or a planting issue. The top of the root crown should be an inch or two above the surrounding grade. Mulch should not be piled up around the main trunk, either. You want to feather the mulch in towards the main stem so none is really touching it. Look at the very bottom two inches or so of the main trunk - if you see that it is much darker in color and even cooler to the touch than the rest of the trunk, it is getting too much water, or has been planted too deeply, or has too much mulch right against the trunk. Also, the brown limbs on over-watered trees/shrubs can have a bit of a limp, dark quality to them when compared to a dry and more light color of trees/shrubs that have gotten too little water. This can be harder to judge, though, than seeing the dark area at the bottom of the trunk. Both conditions (over and under-watered) look pretty similar.
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Old 05-29-2010, 11:38 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for the advice. VegasGrace, mine is turning brown just like you described. We have had quite a bit of rain here too so it may be that.
Art123, thanks for your advice also. I will let my husband know what you said and have him take a look to figure it out from there.
Will let you know what the outcome is!
Thanks again...
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Old 05-30-2010, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Blackshear, Georgia
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I planted 38 of them about 12 years ago...when they were five years old, one by one they started turning brown, and dying..I think it was too much water...I have four left, they are about 30 feet tall and beautiful...what was kinda strange though, was where I had planted four in a row at a couple of places, two died, two thrived, three died, one thrived.

I only paid four dollars apiece for them when I originally set them out...now they are too expensive to take a risk replanting.

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Old 05-30-2010, 09:26 AM
 
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One thing about leland cypress, the one gallon and the 5 gallon sizes are the same size after 3 years, so I wouldn't waste money on the bigger ones. The smaller plants acclimate faster and seem healthier - not to mention easier to plant.

The best place to buy them (by far) used to be a nursery on Old Stage Rd named Broadwells near Angier.

I planted 40 and they all thrived, btw.
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Old 05-30-2010, 12:51 PM
 
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My neighbor has some that have been there for years, doing great....and now they are turning brown inside also. She was just showing it to me the other day and asking if I knew why. I didn't.

We did have a very, very wet and cold winter and then a fairly dry spring.
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:27 AM
 
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I have been battling the same issue, I have success using a copper powder, Bonide copper fungicide has been helping.
i have used it to fight blight. I also have pulled what is dead off the tree to see progress. I also suggest to use 4.5 oz to one gallon. You have to get the Bonide at a good nursery store as lowes and depot doesn't carry it. I would also use some of Jobes
fertilizer spikes as to boost the trees immune system, make sure you read the directions for the evergreen spikes for best results.
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